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An Analysis of Lockheeds Fusion Effort

Matt Moynihan - December 11, 2016

Fusion Instability Researcher Dr. Eliezer Hameiri Has Passed

Dr. Eliezer Hameiri Has Passed, a small look

Matt Moynihan - July 19, 2016

Venture Capital Finds Fusion

On May 2nd, The Milken Institute assembled major fusion researchers to discuss their work to venture capitalist.  This is a review of the panel.

Matt Moynihan - May 31, 2016

Fusion News, May 2016

A congressional hearing on fusion, a new polywell thesis, DIY polywell project and an attempt to connect all the approaches.

Matt Moynihan - April 29, 2016

General Fusion

Rezwan Razani - January 23, 2016

The Worlds’ Best Plasma Traps

Several concepts (Field Reversed Configurations, Polywells and the Compact Fusion Reactor) are attempting to use the internal magnetic field to self-contain fusion plasmas.

Matt Moynihan - November 10, 2015

A Critique Of ITER’s Path To Commercial Viability

It could cost as much as 50 billion dollars.  It has been touted as the path to commercially viable fusion power.  Its name is ITER – a supermassive tokamak under construction in the south of France – and ITER has problems.

Matt Moynihan - October 19, 2015

Overview of Polywells Fusors and Amateur Fusion

A quick overview of polywells, fusors and the related field.

Matt Moynihan - October 07, 2015

Fusion Budget 2015: The Omnibus bill passed, Fusion budget lives to fight another year

Good news from the Capitol regarding the fusion budget:  The Omnibus bill passed last year and the fusion budget is in place.

Rezwan Razani - February 16, 2015

How much we spend on Valentines Day. You won’t believe what a cheap date Fusion is!

Some people say the US Fusion program is too expensive. Compared to what? Americans spend 95% more than the fusion program on Valentines Day. 

When you love someone, it’s worth it. Let’s show fusion the love! To begin with, let’s appreciate what a cheap date it is.

Rezwan Razani - February 14, 2015

ARPAE - Accelerating Low Cost Plasma Heating and Assembly (ALPHA)

ARPA-E is now accepting submissions for the development of fusion power.  Concept paper deadline, October 14, 2014.

Rezwan Razani - October 05, 2014

Plasma explained by Salman Khan

Fusion works with plasma, the fourth state of matter.

Rezwan Razani - September 28, 2014

High Energy Electron Confinement in a Magnetic Cusp Configuration

The US Navy publishes regarding Polywell, thanks John Smith for the notice.

Rezwan Razani - September 07, 2014

Race to Be the First Zero Carbon State

We are launching a new entity, “Footprint to Wings” to kick off theRace to be the First Zero Carbon State.

Rezwan Razani - May 04, 2014

Earth Hour - Ninja Style

Does the thought of turning the lights off early for Earth Hour fill you with dread?  Let the Ninjas inspire you with their natural approach to energy conservation.

Rezwan Razani - March 29, 2014

Solutions Project:  Just Add Nuclear

The League is calling for a national Race to be the first Zero Carbon State.  We are now looking for plans that can help each state win.  It turns out there are many vague ideas, but few specific plans.  The shining exception - the Solutions Project!  Can their plan be accelerated with a few tweaks (like, say, adding nuclear?)  Which plan will appeal the most to consumers and taxpayers?  Which will inspire the quickest action?  What’s your plan?

Rezwan Razani - February 25, 2014

Order of Operations

What energy do you vote off Earth Island first?

Rezwan Razani - February 12, 2014

The US is taking a hard look at its involvement in ITER

robert_steinhaus - February 11, 2014

Tesla Guitar Suit

Make some noise.

Rezwan Razani - January 14, 2014

I See Dead People:  Energy Supply Habeas Corpse Off

Ghost stories are fun on a long winter’s night, but when real lives are at stake, you need to be able to tell the difference between what is real and what is a phantom, and make your decisions accordingly.

Rezwan Razani - October 25, 2013

ARPAE - Drivers for Economical Fusion Technology Workshop

ARPA-E will host a workshop entitled “Drivers for Economical Fusion Technologies” on October 29-30, 2013 in the San Francisco Bay Area of California.

Rezwan Razani - October 22, 2013

Can we save Laser Fusion?  Bay Area Event

Curious about Laser Fusion?  If you are in the Bay Area on October 15, 2013, come to an NCal OSA after dinner talk with Dr. Bedros Afeyan at Xerox Parc in Palio Alto.

Rezwan Razani - October 14, 2013

Cool Guys Don’t Look At Explosions

In honor of the NIF achieving Fuel Breakeven on September 28, 2013 at 5:51 am California time.

Rezwan Razani - October 11, 2013

Periodically, I Take a Chocolate Break

Thanks, @Argonne, for having the munchies; @io9 for the Hydrogen Bondage story; @Cornell @MacFound for the great news about Craig Fennie; and @ZachWeiner for the homage to Abott and Costello.  The theme today, elements and materials.

Rezwan Razani - October 03, 2013

Take the Shot

In a world where the government has shut down and universities burn, one woman…in pursuit of fusion…must risk everything…

Rezwan Razani - October 01, 2013

MAST Cupcake

Saying Goodbye to MAST.  There will be snacks.

Rezwan Razani - September 27, 2013

Au Revoir MAST

Today is the last day for the spherical tokamak MAST in England. Don’t panic! “The successor is in preparation with a revolutionary design.”

Rezwan Razani - September 27, 2013

Homage to the fusioneer: 60 Years of Fusion research in 5 minutes.

A video Convering 60 years of fusion research by John Smith (“The Polywell Guy”).  Beautiful work with some rare videos and pictures. The joy and agony of science.

Rezwan Razani - September 23, 2013

Young Environmentalists Drawn to Nuclear Fusion and Energy

Ecologist Eric Berlow and physicist Sean Gourley apply algorithms to the entire archive of TEDxTalks and reveal an age bias regarding fusion.

Rezwan Razani - September 20, 2013

Michael Moore & Robert Stone Discuss Nuclear Energy

Rezwan Razani - September 19, 2013

I’ll Stop the World and Melt With You:  Modern English

This song describes the essence of fusion.

Rezwan Razani - September 12, 2013

Big Hairy Nuclear Energy Plan

How much nuclear energy do we need to achieve a great quality of life for ten billion (10,000,000,000) people with zero (0) carbon footprint, in perpetuity (∞)?  In a flat out push, how soon could we get that energy online?  What steps do we need to take to make it happen?

Rezwan Razani - September 08, 2013

Simon Pegg Neutron Cream Public Service Announcement

Thanks to Simon Pegg for this timely PSA on the proper usage of Neutron Cream.

Rezwan Razani - September 04, 2013

Geothermal Energy:  “The Earth Bleeds Lava”

This video shows the ways to make use of earth’s inner heat.

Rezwan Razani - September 03, 2013

The Aurora Borealis Explained

This animation explains the Aurora Borealis.  In so doing, it explains how fusion works, how solar flares and sun spots are formed, and what the magnetosphere does.

Rezwan Razani - September 03, 2013

Let’s Nuke Fossil Fuels

Let’s nuke fossil fuels - in the best sense of “nuking.”

Rezwan Razani - August 26, 2013

Fossil Fuels Are Nuking Our Planet

Every day, Fossil Fuels put more heat in our atmosphere than 345,000 Hiroshima bombs.  Every year, they kill more people than 15 Hiroshima Bombs.  Are we going to stand for this?

Rezwan Razani - August 25, 2013

Windmills of Your Mind

A song for the fusion playlist:  wind edition.

Rezwan Razani - August 25, 2013

Elizabeth - A Slow Train Song

This one is dedicated to the fusion endeavor.  Keep bending and winding, don’t let anyone stop you.

Rezwan Razani - August 23, 2013

Energy Civil War: a bad habit?

Conversations around energy often spiral into incivility.  This is no accident.  We’re trapped in an energy civil war. Can etiquette and routine offer a way out?

Rezwan Razani - August 19, 2013

Energy Cinderella Project

NIMBY Land is in search of an energy source with a sustainable, powerful, elegant footprint.  Let’s hold a ball and find our Energy Cinderella.

Rezwan Razani - August 13, 2013

Kids, don’t do meth and have a pie eating contest in space.

Breaking Bad meets Star Trek meets Pie Eating Contest.

Rezwan Razani - August 12, 2013

Fusion, Fission and the N Word (nuclear)

In light of the stigma associated with the word, “nuclear,” how should fusion position itself with respect to fission?

Rezwan Razani - August 07, 2013

Shark Cat Rhumba!

The real reason we’re working to ensure a sustainable, abundant energy supply.

Rezwan Razani - August 06, 2013

Introductory Videos for the Giving Library

Action wanted!  A social media project you can help out with.

Rezwan Razani - August 06, 2013

CGP Grey Explains his one-stick-figure operation

...and how important your contributions are to making it thrive.

Rezwan Razani - August 06, 2013

Dan Palotta TED Talk:  How it Relates to Fusion Philanthropy

Dan Palotta’s TED Talk inspires us to rethink fusion philanthropy.

Rezwan Razani - August 06, 2013

Global Fusion Foundation Endowment Proposal

Calling all visionary billionaires…

Rezwan Razani - August 06, 2013

New Coalition Established to Increase Science Giving

A Coalition of funders aims to double philanthropic support for basic science over the next ten years.  Fusion scientists, let’s connect!

Rezwan Razani - August 06, 2013

Birth of a Lightning Bolt

Lightning is a phenomena made of plasma.  In this video, super slow motion cameras are used to show how lightning bolts are born.

Rezwan Razani - August 04, 2013

John Oliver’s Arcane Details of Boron-Group Metals Pricing Update - Aluminum Hoarding

In which Goldman Sachs allegedly “bets on the future price of aluminum while simultaneously goosing the future price of aluminum,” and shows us how painless funding fusion research can be.

Rezwan Razani - August 04, 2013

John Hodgman, Economic Genius

The Fusion Energy League has a sound plan to nuke fossil fuels and usher in the fusion age - and more!  This plan will come to fruition when you (yes you!) get involved.  Why?  Because that’s how it works.  Ask John Hodgman.

Rezwan Razani - August 02, 2013

The US Government Budget Explained: Animation

Every year, the fusion research budget increases or decreases with the vagaries of the US Federal Budget.  Why is it such a roller coaster?

Rezwan Razani - August 01, 2013

Nuclear versus Natural Gas: which is the better investment?

“In this corner, we have a nuclear power plant. In the other corner, we have a natural-gas plant. After 10 rounds, which one of these magnificent champions will be left standing?”

Rezwan Razani - July 30, 2013

Zehner, Graeber, Cain.  Not an energy problem, a consumption problem

Ozzie Zehner, author of Green Illusions, asks some tough questions about energy. Graeber asks them about Debt. Cain about lifestyle.  What are you asking?

Rezwan Razani - July 25, 2013

Patrick Moore Vegetables

Vegetable Patrick Moore beaten by Vegetable Boris Johnson.

Rezwan Razani - July 23, 2013

Nuking Elephant Poachers

Great news for elephant lovers and people in search of Cold War redemption.

Rezwan Razani - July 21, 2013

Radioactive Wolves

This PBS Video asks, “What happens to nature after a nuclear accident?”  In turn, we ask, “How can eco warriors use this information?”

Rezwan Razani - July 17, 2013

Wind NIMBY

Germany’s transition to wind energy encounters turbulence.

Rezwan Razani - July 14, 2013

Fusion Budget Update, July 2013

Last week, both the Senate and House Appropriations Committees finished work on their respective versions of the FY14 Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill. 

Rezwan Razani - July 14, 2013

Pipe Trouble

A controversial game from Pop Sandbox!  Connect the pipeline.  Build fast and stay on budget.  But keep an eye on the environment.  Sounds simple.  And yet…

Rezwan Razani - July 14, 2013

Fusion Project on Kickstarter

For 28,000 Pounds, you can fund an Advanced Inertial Confinement Nuclear Fusion Reactor on Kickstarter.

Rezwan Razani - July 14, 2013

Antimatter Matters

A quantum physics themed board game available on Kickstarter. (That’s right, it got funded, so now sign up to get your copy!)

Rezwan Razani - July 14, 2013

Unite and Conquer

Renewable energy is often pitted against nuclear energy.  What would happen if they joined forces?

Rezwan Razani - July 13, 2013

What Problem Are We Trying to Solve?

Participation in the Games for Change Festival prompts some organizational soul searching.

Rezwan Razani - July 12, 2013

What the Frack - the Game

In honor of my fracktivist friends, here is What the Frack.  Enjoy!

Rezwan Razani - July 11, 2013

Black Tablecloth Trick

We want to make some big changes in the world.  Replace fossil fuels with nuclear and renewables.  What about the upheaval?  The tablecloth trick is our guiding metaphor for pulling this off while keeping things stable.

Rezwan Razani - July 08, 2013

Games For Change Festival, 2013

Inspiration from the Games for Change Festival.

Rezwan Razani - July 07, 2013

Nuclear Fracktivists

In the house!

Rezwan Razani - July 07, 2013

Nuclear Pride and Prejudice

“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a community in possession of a good economy must be in want of a steady energy supply.”

Rezwan Razani - July 07, 2013

Pandora’s Promise

Rethink Nuclear Fission.  Watch Pandora’s Promise with your favorite fracktivists and let the conversation unfold.

Rezwan Razani - July 06, 2013

Hans Rosling Uses Legos to Illustrate Our Global Energy Challenge

Hans Rosling exhibits wonderful optimism in the face of daunting global challenges.  Maybe it’s the legos and beads that make it all seem possible.

Rezwan Razani - July 06, 2013

Fusion Pizza and Edible Infographics

Inspired by “Sci Fi Pizzas”, let’s make some edible infographics pizzas.  Pie charts have never been so tasty.

Rezwan Razani - May 28, 2013

Astro Teller invites us to take a Moonshot

Astro Teller says, “Let’s all go do moonshots. But wait, there’s a catch. But the catch isn’t what you think.”

Rezwan Razani - May 28, 2013

Fission versus Fusion:  Neutrons v. Heat

The relative advantages of nuclear fission versus nuclear fusion.

robert_steinhaus - May 22, 2013

The Taste of Science at World Science Festival

Tickets on sale now for the Thursday, May 30 Taste of Science event at the World Science Festival.

Rezwan Razani - May 21, 2013

Celebrate Fusion Exploration with Sigils

Students from the Albert Einstein Institute created Game of Thrones-style sigils to pay tribute to some of the most exciting projects in physics and space exploration.  We are inspired to do likewise for fusion ventures.

Rezwan Razani - May 15, 2013

ITER Milestones, Big Science and Audit Triple Play

Three articles, one on ITER milestones, one in praise of “Big Science” and one about Government audits illustrate the challenges of a mega fusion project.

Rezwan Razani - May 06, 2013

Tri Alpha In the News

Thanks to Michael Kanellos for a great overview of the Tri Alpha fusion project in Forbes.  Thanks to Mark Halper for further elaboration and broader context in Smart Planet.

Rezwan Razani - May 06, 2013

Fusion Philanthropy App

Please join us in developing a “Fusion Philanthropy App” to connect supportive people with fusion projects for the advancement of fusion.

Rezwan Razani - May 03, 2013

Gastrodiplomacy

“Reaching Hearts and Minds through Stomachs”

Rezwan Razani - May 02, 2013

Nu-Fuse

Fusion experiments leading to fusion ignition tend to be large and expensive. A new effort called Nu-fuse attempts to refine fusion modeling to reduce technical risk and ensure precious fusion R&D funds are not wasted on small errors while giving fusion experiments a better chance at achieving fusion ignition and breakeven energy.

Rezwan Razani - April 26, 2013

War on Drugs v. Quest for Fusion

More perspective on how little we spend on fusion research.

Rezwan Razani - April 26, 2013

Vindicated - Dashboard Confessional

A classic song for the fusion playlist, used in the movie “SpiderMan II”.

Rezwan Razani - April 15, 2013

The Story of Physics

From the BBC.  Enjoy!

Rezwan Razani - April 09, 2013

Scientists! Engage with society.  Perform better academically.

Scientists who engage with society perform better academically, according to a study.  So start tweeting about fusion!

Rezwan Razani - April 08, 2013

Contact your House Representative to Support the 2015 Holt Fusion Dear Colleague Letter

Hey Everyone!  Congressman Rush Holt (D-NJ) is currently circulating a dear colleague letter, to be sent to the House Appropriations Committee, requesting strong funding for the Office of Fusion Energy Sciences in FY 2015.  If this is something you agree with, please contact your Representative today and ask them to sign the letter.  The more people contact their Reps, the more we get the message across that people want fusion!

Rezwan Razani - April 08, 2013

Forbes:  A Challenge to America:  Develop Fusion Power in a Decade

An inspiring article in Forbes challenges us to energy excellence.

Rezwan Razani - April 03, 2013

Will We Ever Visit Other Stars

A video from Michael of VSauce explores the timeframe.

Rezwan Razani - April 01, 2013

Charles Chase and Lockheed Martin Skunkworks Fusion Device

Charles Chase of Lockheed Martin presents an idea for a Compact 100 MW Nuclear Fusion at Google Solve for X.  The goal is 2018 for a full scale prototype and 2023 for Commercial system.

Rezwan Razani - March 26, 2013

Let Science Be Done

Fusion.  Prove it.  We can’t wait!  Another inspiring pro science twitter exchange.

Rezwan Razani - March 26, 2013

Fusion Crash Course

The Fusion Academy offers a three-day crash course in the science and technology of nuclear fusion. In collaboration with Eindhoven University of Technology, the Fusion Academy has developed a unique program adopted to professionals in the fusion research and development field.

Rezwan Razani - March 26, 2013

Fusion Petition in support of ASP Fusion in 10 Years Plan

Let’s get a petition going around an Apollo style rally for fusion in 10 years.

Rezwan Razani - March 26, 2013

Bring it, MIT!

Dennis Whyte of MIT gave a TED Talk entitled:  “Bringing a Star to Earth For Energy”

Rezwan Razani - March 25, 2013

Fusion Rotation Curation

The Fusion Energy League would like to set up the @FusEnLeague twitter account to be taken over weekly by different fusion researchers, investors and protagonists, people who have a fusion story and desire.

Rezwan Razani - March 23, 2013

PPPL achieves milestone, completing first part of heart of fusion experiment

This press release just in!

Rezwan Razani - March 22, 2013

Fusion Day 2013 - The Pitch in 4 Flyers

For those of you who missed Fusion Day, in the sidebar you will find the four handouts distributed on inertial fusion, the magnetic fusion program, and ITER.

Rezwan Razani - March 21, 2013

Calculating Pi with Pies

Because it’s Pi day!

Rezwan Razani - March 14, 2013